Palo Alto SUMMER BUSINESS MIXER
The Palo Alto summer Business Mixer is almost here.... Make new connections and reconnect with existing ones! Don't miss our summer Business Mixer and toast summer and your business colleagues with beverages and bites, generously hosted by Courtyard by Marriott Palo Alto Los Altos on their beautiful outdoor patio in a prime location just a short drive from downtown Palo Alto.
The newly redesigned guest rooms, lobby and Bistro restaurant offer a perfect destination for gathering with friends or colleagues, and thanks to their 250MB Ethernet circuit, you're assured of super-fast, complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. Rooms and suites are spacious and feature extra USB ports, well-lit work areas, flat-screen SMART TVs, and ultra-comfortable mattresses. Additional perks include complimentary parking, outdoor heated swimming pool and spa, two picturesque outdoorcourtyards with fire pits - great for relaxing after a busy day. More information is at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/paocy-courtyard-palo-alto-los-altos/
You do not need a ticket to attend but ....
PLEASE REGISTER as space is limited!
DO bring your smartphones to snap pictures to post on Instagram: @paloaltochamber.
New Law for Employers
The full text of the FFCRA can be found here.
The FFCRA is a new federal law that requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide two new paid leave benefits for eligible employees affected by the COVID-19 virus in 2020. This applies only to those employees (not already laid off) who are home sick. The leave requirements generally provide paid sick time or paid leave under certain circumstances (as described more fully in the notice poster, link #4, below). The FFCRA also provides tax credits that may help employers provide the paid leave benefits.
The FFCRA helps the U.S. combat workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave, taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The law enables employers to keep workers (who are home sick with COVID-19 related illness and therefore unable to work, even remotely) on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. The Departmnt's Wage and Hour Division administers the paid leave portions of the FFCRA.
If an employer has fewer than 50 employees and providing the paid leave benefits would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern, the small business exemption may apply. Employers who believe they qualify for the exemption should document why the business meets the exemption criteria unless and until the Department of Labor issues additional guidance on claiming the exemption.
Effective April 1, 2020, employers are required to properly notify their employees of the new FFCRA leave benefits and implement the requirements.
Below are links to important resources that contain compliant employee notices, guidance, and recommendations for employers subject to the FFCRA.
- Department of Labor: COVID-19 and the American Workplace
- Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employee Paid Leave Rights (in English)
- Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employer Paid Leave Requirements (in English)
- Compliant FFCRA notice poster for private-sector employees (in English)
- Department of Labor FAQ for the FFCRA employee notice poster
courtesy of Montgomery & Hansen, LLP